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Getting Beyond Sobriety

Clinical Approaches to Long-Term Recovery, 1st Edition

By Michael C. Clemmens

Gestalt Press

194 pages

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In this ground-breaking book, Michael Clemmens offers a new model of treatment for long-term recovery which goes beyond the traditional "disease" paradigm. Working from the belief that a fuller life for the recovering addict is grounded on a foundation of abstinence, the author explores a "self-modulation" approach which leads to a change in the behavior from within the individual while developing and expanding connection with others.


"Getting Beyond Sobriety is a brilliant integration of addictive counseling and psychotherapy from a person who has obviously walked the walk. Thoughtful, challenging, and helpful. This reading is a must for the psychotherapist specializing in addiction."

- Terence T. Gorski, President, The CENAPS Corporation

"Getting Beyond Sobriety makes a significant contribution to the field. It is enormously helpful in understanding the living, long-term process of recovery. The text is rich with clinical examples, which run the famut from hard-core addicts to early-phase users, from inpatient treatment settings to outpatient solo practice, and will be useful for clinicians who deal with clients in any setting."

- James Kepner, Ph.D., author, Body Process and Healing Tasks

Table of Contents

Preface. Addiction and Gestalt Therapy. The Process of Addiction: The Roots of Recovery. The Challenge of Recovering Addicts as Clients. The Developmental Stages and Tasks of Recovery. Five Case Studies in Recovery. Long-Term Recovery: The Expanding Horizon. Relapse. Individual Differences. Working with the Body. Further Applications of the Self-Modulation Model.

About the Author

Michael Craig Clemmens, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA, specializing in addiction recovery and a faculty member of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Addiction